Having seen so many trip reports on these forums I thought I might give it a go myself.
I was born and bred in Hong Kong not so long ago, and remember B-Cal quite well. Since living in Hong Kong I have done a stint in San Francisco and Sydney. As a result I have spent plenty of time on BA metal. As is the case every penny was 'paid for' by the employers of my parents, equating to flights in Club World and FIRST (it used to depend on sector length).
As a family my parents continue to work abroad, however based out of London, Dubai and Johannesburg. They have what they call a home in the UK and also in South Africa.
I now live in London.
On with the report. I'm afraid I have never dared to take photos in the cabin. Probably something to do with embarassment. I also do not pay much attention to registration numbers, exact load factors and timings. I will also avoid using dates in my reports. A privacy thing i'm afraid(!)
I was dropped at LHR T4 at around 9AM for my flight an hour and a bit later. Check-in was indeed quite busy. WT, WT+, ET and CE lines all looked long. In this instance if i was travelling with luggage and with Silver status / CE ticket i would have used the fast bag drop. I think that only the F check-in is in every case faster than fast bag drop (especially when the CW line gets clogged up circa 7pm).
I used SSCI and out popped my boarding pass. Seat 1A is a safe bet, and for some reason often pre-allocated to me.
It was then I realised i didn't have enough boarding passes. I sped across to the FIRST check-in and all was solved.
It was then on to the Concorde Room (OJ, Bacon sandwich, Special K - lounges are boring on your own / when your working (i.e no Champers)) and to book my Moulton Brown treatment as well - Rule breaking left, right and centre i hear you say. Afraid not, I returned from GVA on the same day to connect on to BA109 to Dubai. So for once i secured a reasonable timed treatment (i.e not a zillion hours before my flight that night). Dead cunning I thought to myself.
Flight boarded (I have no faith in anything at Heathrow resembling on time - i always allow myself bags of time to get anywhere).
The flight was jam packed that morning. The usual hot wet rags were handed out before take-off. The new(ish?) safety video shown and then we were off.
In flight we were offered a cold meats / cheese type thing. The usual thing basically. For some reason they refrigerate the entire tray and it's contents, which means your coffee cup is sub-zero before the coffee is poured, meaning that the coffee is then luke warm once it's in. Just a ramble of mine.
I did some work on my Laptop, illegally had my wifi on. Before i managed to turn it off i detected another device. tut-tut. That made two of us. . .
Flight then arrived in Geneva, easy immigration, no luggage, and the train into town for a speeeedy lunch before a meeting.
Meeting all over, a hop skip and a jump to 'la gare' before my flight back London and on to Dubai for a few days work. Working like a horse i'd say. I wasn't even going to be able to see my parents in Dubai (not technically true, they weren't there to see me!)
Check-in is a doddle in GVA, as is security. The lounge is a disaster. For those of you who don't know where it is, I forgive you! But that's not why it's a disaster. It never ever has any food. The odd crisp here and there, but no EDI/GLA/BHX/MAN (non-LHR) chocolate or rubarb chunks.
Boarding was alright. I was making full use of my 18Kg hand baggage limit which wasn't impressing anyone. Seat 1A, scalding wet rag and thirty minutes of kip. After take off I had a G&T and the chicken, mango, salad thing. Adequate is all i can say.
Landing was uneventful, however we were parked god knows where, and were bussed to the terminal. 2 hours wait in the CR before catching the BA109.
Comments welcome. I plan to write up a few CE/CW/F reports this weekend. I'm afraid they'll never be up to Fraser standard. . .